Mar 21, 2016

Pineapple + Ginger Smoothie [recipe]

[Current obsession: Ginger Juice]

You guys… I am obsessed with the pineapple + ginger flavor profile. You know when people say, “ahh, I feel so refreshed!” Well, what they are trying to say is, “I just had a pineapple ginger smoothie.”

Recently, I was making my pineapple and ginger concoction and thought, “Why the hell is ginger so annoying?” Seriously, you have to peel awkward plant stems and risk losing a nail…or finger! Carving a jack-o-lantern takes less skill than peeling and grating ginger root (side note: I’m not really into either activity). I thought, “there has to be a better way to get ginger juice in a smoothie.”

Naturally, I immediately Googled “ginger juice.”

Voila! Someone has actually bottled pure ginger juice (I bought The Ginger People’s 5 fl oz bottle at Chamberlin’s for $5). Thank you ginger lords. I am obsessed.

Everyone knows that ginger can help relieve gastrointestinal discomforts. As a child, I can remember numerous times my mother served me gingerale and saltines to combat an upset belly, but research is finding that ginger might possess pharmacological effects beyond its proven use as a popular nausea remedy.

Ginger:

  • May contain anti-platelet (blood clotting), anti-oxidant (cancer prevention), anti-tumur, anti-rhinoviral (common cold), anti-hepatotoxicity (liver), anti-arthritic effects (anti-inflammoatory) (source)
  • May relieve a wide range of problems such as: cataracts, rheumatism (inflammation disorders), neurological disorders, gingivitis, toothaches, asthma, stroke, constipation, and diabetes (source)
  • May reduce levels of blood glucose, total serum lipids and total serum cholesterol (source

In summary, ginger is magic.

Because I am nice, I am sharing this low calorie, high fiber, high potassium smoothie that is also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. You’re welcome.

smoothie

Pineapple + Ginger Smoothie
servings: 2

Ingredients
  • 3 oz. frozen banana
  • 2 oz avocado
  • 6 oz fresh pineapple
  • 12 fl oz coconut H2O
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice
Instructions
  • blend in a blender…
  • pour into a cup…
  • add a cute straw…
  • sip and savor.
Nutritional Information (per serving)
  • kcal = 203
  • carbohydrate = 35.9 g
  • protein = 3.15 g
  • fat, total = 6.25 g
  • sugar = 16.7 g
  • fiber = 6.8 g
  • sodium = 24.5 mg
  • potassium = 792.2 mg

Cheers to refreshing “ahhs” and cute straws!

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